Solar in Alabama?

First Published on LinkedIn on December 20, 2016 by Joe Bennett:


Not too long ago, I entered the PV field with close to 30 years of operations experience and lots to learn.  During the first two weeks into my new field, I made a startling and crucial observation about what I see as the truest potential of solar energy:

Solar has a wide range of appeal across a diverse set of stakeholders. (more…)

Visit 1 of 2 Crestline Homes on Solar Homes Tour

imgp1764Birmingham, October 9, 2016: As previously announced, there will be 7 options to visit solar installations in Birmingham on Saturday, October 29th from 8am to 4pm. We hope that you will consider more than one, but wanted to highlight a residence in Crestline to visit from 12-2pm. (more…)

Birmingham’s First Solar Home Tour Announced

Birmingham, September 29, 2016: In conjunction with Energy Awareness month every October, homeowners and businesses in neighborhoods across the country open their doors and show what they’ve done to slash utility bills and help cut pollution from electric generating plants. It offers the opportunity to informally tour innovative green homes and buildings, and see how solar energy can be used efficiently. The tour hopes to inspire people across the nation to make sustainable energy choices that reduce costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.

Get ready to see solar power generated and other clean energy projects. This is a chance to see affordable and practical technologies, in your neighborhood, that benefit the environment and are part of the solution to our nation’s energy problems. If you are considering solar energy, please consider visiting a business or resident participating in the National Solar Tour to learn more.

For the first time, Birmingham will have its own Solar Home Tour. Tours have been occurring in other parts of the state, but will be brought to the Magic City for the first time in 2016. This year’s Birmingham events will be hosted by the Alabama Solar Knowledge Project of the Alabama Environmental Council, UAB Sustainability, Eagle Solar and Light, and Vulcan Solar Power.

Visit one (or all) of these Birmingham locations anytime during their time-slot to learn more about how solar energy can help you reduce electricity bills, reduce carbon emissions, and achieve energy freedom!

8-10am AEC Recycling Center
8-10am Daystar Construction
10am-12pm UAB Recreation Center Solar Project
12-2pm Residential Home
12-2pm Residential Home
1-3pm Residential Home
2-4pm Red Mountain Park tower

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Energizing 1st Solar Ground Mount System in City of Mountain Brook

Mountain Brook, AL, September 12, 2016: Today, we energized the 1st Solar Ground Mount system in the city of Mountain brook approved by the Mountain Brook City Planning Commission.
img_1551This 12 kW system consists of:
40 ea of the LG, 300 watt, Monocryctalline Black Panels, mounted on a 55’ long SnapnRack ground mount railing system, 40 ea SolarEdge P300-5 Series Optimizers, a SolarEdge SE10,000A String Inverter, a SolarEdge SE1000 Zigbee ethernet kit for real time monitoring, interconnected into the main 200 amp panel, augmenting the electrical consumption from Alabama Power Company.
Additionally, we designed a water cooling system to lower module temperature on hot days, thereby increasing overall efficiency by an average of 7%.

German Solar Tour Part 6

By Samuel Yates, CEO

Germany4Here’s what we should expect the Solar Energy Landscape in the United States to look like moving forward…


Lets start by taking a snapshot of that incredibly successful Photovoltaic Industry in Germany.


German Solar Tour Part 3

by Samuel Yates, CEO

img_1124We traveled from Munich in Bavaria to Rothenburg in Franconia today, through the largest concentration of installed solar power yet!

Field after field of solar arrays–many covering hundreds of acres!  There were towns and villages full of rooftop solar, both residential and commercial–some so plentiful that 10 to 12 different structures would be visible at one time!  You can view pictures here.